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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Maiden, N.C. Man Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Prison For Possession With Intent To Distribute Crack Cocaine

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District Of North Carolina

STATESVILLE, N.C. – On Monday, June 10, 2013, U.S. District Judge Richard Voorhees sentenced Kelly McClain, 31, of Maiden, N.C. to serve 63 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for trafficking in crack cocaine, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Sheriff David M. Carpenter, of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, on September 13, 2011, during a traffic stop of McClain’s vehicle, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies found 109.4 grams of crack cocaine under the mat at the driver’s side floorboard. In June 2012, McClain entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, commonly referred to as crack cocaine. According to official court documents, Kelly McClain admitted the 109.4 grams of crack cocaine located in his vehicle belonged to him. McClain also admitted to supplying cocaine to other distributors in the area.

McClain has been in local federal custody in the Western District of North Carolina since his arrest in March of 2012. Upon designation of a federal facility he will be transferred into custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was led by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Maiden Police Department. The prosecution for the government was handled by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Elizabeth Comerford of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Updated March 19, 2015